Children in foster care often come from backgrounds of trauma and adversity, which can have long-lasting effects on their mental health and well-being. That is why it is critical to provide trauma-informed care to these children, ensuring that their needs are met with compassion, empathy, and understanding. At Anthony's Villa, we are committed to providing trauma-informed care to the children in our care.
Trauma-informed care is a way of providing care that takes into account the impact of trauma on a child's life. It recognizes that trauma can affect a child's physical, emotional, and cognitive development, and that these effects can be long-lasting. Trauma-informed care is based on six principles: safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, empowerment, and cultural sensitivity (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014).
At Anthony's Villa, we apply these principles to our work with children in foster care. We provide a safe and supportive environment where children can feel secure and trust that their needs will be met. We work collaboratively with children, their families, and other professionals to ensure that their care is individualized and meets their unique needs. We empower children to make choices and participate in their own care, giving them a sense of control and autonomy.
Our trauma-informed approach also includes training and support for our staff. We recognize that providing trauma-informed care requires specialized knowledge and skills, and we invest in ongoing training for our staff to ensure that they have the tools and resources they need to provide the best possible care to the children in our care.
Research has shown that trauma-informed care can have a significant impact on the well-being of children in foster care. A study by Bickman and colleagues (2016) found that trauma-informed care led to improved mental health outcomes for children in foster care, including reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.
At Anthony's Villa, we believe that trauma-informed care is critical to the success of our work with children in foster care. By providing a safe and supportive environment, empowering children to make choices and participate in their care, and investing in the training and support of our staff, we are able to provide trauma-informed care that meets the unique needs of each child in our care.
Bickman, L., Douglas, S. R., De Andrade, A. R., Tomlinson, M., Gleacher, A., & Olin, S. S. (2016). Implementing a measurement feedback system to improve mental health outcomes for children in foster care. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(3), 211–217. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000075
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4884. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.